Art shorts: Chair auction, CCP masterclasses


Posted at Oct 15 2012 01:36 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2012 09:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- GKonomics, the social enterprise initiative of Gawad Kalinga, announces the launch of the GKonomics Designer Series with “Silya,” a collection of iconic chairs contributed by some top designers and architects following three design guidelines: the use of sustainable materials; the promotion of Filipino identity and ease of production by GK communities.

The GKonomics Designer Series aims to bring together the country’s best in various design disciplines from interiors, industrial design, architecture, fashion, architecture, photography, branding, advertising to unleash the potential of the less fortunate and help them carry their own weight in society.

The launch event will be held on October 16 at the Greenbelt 5 Gallery, where the chairs will be auctioned off.

Designers involved in the “Silya” project are Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Ed Calma, Tobias Guggenheimer, Milo Naval and Joey Yupangco. Other professionals contributing to this effort are Kenji Onglao, Ric Gindap, Chiqui Lara, Sergio Boero, Michelle Barretto, Pinky Antonio and Felicia Ravago.

Proceeds will go toward the seed capital of the GKonomics Trade School, a joint venture of GKonomics and the Design Group that aims to develop master craftsmen and revive dying Philippine traditions while meeting world class standards and aesthetics.

This event also serves to launch a platform for design lovers to participate in the GKonomics Designer Series so that more individuals can promote the culture of productivity and creativity with and among those lacking in opportunities.

Double bass masterclass with Kurt Muroki

International concert double bassist Kurt Muroki will hold a double bass masterclass on Tuesday, October 16, at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Limited slots are available for performing double bass masterclass participants. Reservations of slots will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. The masterclass is free of charge to participants. Observers are welcome to attend.

Muroki has won numerous competitions including first prize in the Aspen Music Festival double bass competition, the first bassist to win the New World Symphony concerto competition and the Honolulu Symphony Young Artists competition. He is currently the double bass teacher at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook Unviersity, and is a Distinguished Artist faculty with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

Muroki is in the Philippines as a guest soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s second season concert on October 19 at the CCP Main Theater.

For reservations to the masterclass, e-mail the CCP Artist Training Division at [email protected] or call 832-1125 loc. 1605.

Call for entries to indie film and video tilt

Final call for entries to the 24th CCP Independent Film & Video Competition as the deadline for submissions is at 6 p.m. tomorrow, October 16 at the CCP Media Arts Division Office, 4th Floor of CCP Main Building.

Entries to the competition must be in DVD, MiniDV or digital data file formats for Video; and 16mm or 35mm format for Film. Competition categories are short feature/narrative, experimental, documentary and animation. All works submitted to the competition must be strictly independent works and not produced for commercial screening.

School-based work (e.g. theses) may also be submitted. Entries must not have been completed earlier than October 2011. Each participant may submit a maximum of three entries in each category.

Winners of the competition will be announced in the awards ceremony on November 23. All entries to the competition will be screened during the festival week from November 20-23 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

Cash prizes will be given to winners of the different categories (1st Prize, P25,000; 2nd Prize-P15,000 and 3rd Prize, P10,000). Special awards will be given for Best Regional Entry and Best Entry for/on/by Children. Recipients of the special awards will also be given cash prizes of P15,000 each. Honorable mentions may be awarded upon the jury's discretion. Cash prizes are subject to standard government tax.

The CCP Independent Film & Video Competition promotes Filipino independent filmmaking by giving recognition to the year's most outstanding film and video artists. It is also the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia.

Entry forms may be downloaded from the CCP website at or obtained from the CCP Media Arts Office. For more information, call CCP Media Arts at 832-1125 locals 1702, 1704 and 1705.

Argentinian pianist to hold masterclass

Argentinian concert pianist and chamber musician Emilio Peroni will hold a piano masterclass on October 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Peroni will also hyave a performance at the CCP on October 30 courtesy of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Manila.

Limited slots are available for masterclass participants. Observers are welcome to attend the masterclass which is free of charge.

Peroni began studying the piano with Miguel Martín Morales and Aldo Antognazzi in his homeland and continued further studies abroad. He has performed throughout Argentina, Italy, Holland, France, Latvia, England and Germany. He has also released his own CD recordings of the classic masterpieces.

For inquiries, e-mail the CCP Artist Training Division at [email protected] or call 832-1125 loc. 1605.